March 12, 2004
You’re a legend

creative perspectivesDo you remember all the myths and legends that we learned in school? Three of my favorites are from Americana: Paul Bunyan, a giant logger who traveled with his blue ox, Babe, Johnny Appleseed, who planted apple orchards across America, and John Henry, a railroad worker who won a race against a steam powered shovel. They were people (two of them are definitely real people but nobody’s sure about Paul Bunyan) who did remarkable things. As people retold the tales, their feats and abilities grew.

If you were legendary, how would the story go? What remarkable feat would you perform? What does your legendary self look like? Which traits would be magnified? Do you have a companion? A mortal foe? And which aspects of your life are left out of the legend? (Those are nearly as important as what’s kept in, you know…)

I’m going to write the legend of Kristen based on something that actually happened this month. I’ll put it in the comments later today. I hope you’ll write one, too, and share it here.

Posted by kuri at March 12, 2004 09:37 AM


Legend of Kristen

Kristen travelled to Earth from Titan (if you look carefully, you can see a reflection of Titan in her eyes at night) and decided to stay a while. Although she didn’t often tell people about her extra-terrestrial beginnings, her special abilities sometimes tipped people off. Her mosquito-killing exploits were well know, but one day in March, Kristen unveiled a radical talent that made its way into her special bag of tricks: matching birthday gifts to recipients.

Everyone who received the gifts Kristen selected was delighted beyond words and never, ever returned them.

It all began when a friend visiting from out-of-town, but not off planet, needed a birthday gift for his daughter. “I have no idea what to buy for her!” he confessed. “How old is she? What’s her favorite subject in school? Is she creative?” Kristen queried. And with the answers he gave her, she devised the most wonderful present the girl had ever received—better than all the other birthday gifts combined. A few days later, Kristen applied her skills again to find the perfect presents for her Earth-sister and Earth-niece’s birthdays. And when your birthday rolls around, you can hope that someone asks Kristen for advice so that you will receive the best birthday present ever.

Posted by: Kristen on March 12, 2004 12:53 PM

I can’t talk about my legendary aspects, this is a family page. ;)

Posted by: UltraBob on March 12, 2004 07:51 PM

Once upon a time, there was a girl who didnt think she could make it to the ball, but in the end, thanks to her fairy-godsisters, she did. And while she wasthere, to her surprise, she met a handsome prince, and they lived….no wait, thats not a legend, thats a fairytale!

(But MJ is pretty legendary, can i write about her?)

Posted by: j-ster on March 16, 2004 08:02 PM

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Posted by: Bill Myong on August 2, 2004 04:31 PM
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